Senses in “a Rose for Emily”

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Senses in “A Rose for Emily”

“A Rose for Emily” is one of a several short stories written by the novelist, William Faulkner, who is well known after winning the Nobel Prize in literature. The protagonist in “A Rose for Emily” is an eccentric spinster, Emily Grierson, who locks herself in a house after her father’s death. With time passing, she meets a foreman of the construction company, Homer Barron, to whom she finally opens up. However, threatened to leave her for another man, Emily Grierson buys arsenic, which the townspeople believe she will use to commit suicide. Nevertheless, Emily uses the arsenic to kill Homer Barron and then keeps his dead body in one of her locked rooms until she dies at the age of seventy-four. William Faulkner presents the story with an illustration of various senses. A visual image is one of the author’s senses in the story that helps readers to imagine a picture in their minds. The senses of touch and hearing are also extremely supportive in “A Rose for Emily” to understand and imagine the sequence of the story.

William Faulkner, the author of “A Rose for Emily,” presents the story with a sense of sight so that it is easier for readers to visualize a picture in their minds. One of his images is the big house that Emily Grierson lived in. William Faulkner explains:

It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street. But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores. (1272)

After her father’s death, Emily spent the rest of her life in her house…...

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